Brent-Eton Summer School
The Brent-Eton Summer School (est. 1994), offers 40–50 post-GCSE girls and boys from the London Borough of Brent an intensive one-week residential course, designed to grow self-awareness and inspire students to pursue their education at university or higher education establishments and beyond. The Brent Youth Service selects the students and charge a nominal fee for their places.
The partnership between Brent and Eton College has been very successful in raising the ambitions of those who attend the course, and has encouraged many to enter Higher Education and some to take post-graduate degrees. Each year a number of such alumni return as staff.
The week is intense and challenging both in and out of the classroom. After breakfast we have an assembly, including a "Thought for the Day" given by a student. For the rest of the morning the students work on four elected subjects in Eton's classrooms and laboratories. In the early afternoon they participate in teamwork and leadership activities, the highlight of which is Dragon Boat racing on the Thames beneath Windsor Castle. In the late afternoon students rotate around a circus of Creative Activities including Journalism during which they write and publish the "Magazine". After tea students meet in small groups for tutorials. In this timetabled session the day is reflected upon and the thoughts of students listened to and discussed. The day concludes in the Lecture Theatre with discussion and debate following a formal lecture. We even squeeze in a "Prom" night for which the students are ferried to a Pavilion on a small island in the middle of the Thames in all their finery to enjoy a disco and barbecue.
The course culminates with Graduation and dinner to which parents are invited. This involve stage performances by the students and presentations.
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